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11th Aug, 2016 12:07:13 PM

...centered on two title protagonists...
Yep. Deuteragonist.
...equal narrative weight...
...these two very different characters have to learn to work together...
... and Adventure Duo of the Wunza Plot variety.

See also the Duo Tropes to find others that play into their dynamic, like the previously mentioned Red Oni, Blue Oni.

who's the "second" most prominent protagonist?
For duos, they generally take turns being The Hero and The Lancer, depending on the story. In the long run, the Red Oni, Blue Oni thing can also cause one to fall naturally into a "proactive hero" role with the lancer being the one dragged along for the ride.

Other tropes:

  • -They immediately mess up on the supposed emergency they're responding to (it was just a test, a very sneaky exploitation of What You Are in the Dark)
  • a version of Put On Abus where the character is Put On a Bus precisely because they have their own separate spinoff story

Edited by Scorpion451
14th Aug, 2016 01:52:18 AM

Sweet! Thanks, Scorpion!

Thanks for bringing up The Lancer btw - I always forget how flexible that is, since the more obvious "lancers" to me are characters like Zoe on Firefly, but I think you're right that she so far might qualify; I'll have to reread to be sure but that's a good lead!

"Other tropes: -They immediately mess up on the supposed emergency they're responding to (it was just a test, a very sneaky exploitation of What You Are in the Dark) False Crucible of the Secret Test of Character variety, possibly also an Unwinnable Training Simulation or A Lesson In Defeat if they were meant to fail (which it would be depends on whether they were aware they were being tested)."

They had no idea they were being tested until Hal showed up to basically give a speech about how they were both screwing up (in different ways); as a situation it was literally presented to them and the reader as "there's an unauthorized ship that crashed in Arizona, respond immediately", as if it were a real emergency - to see how they responded to a real emergency. Of course, the enemy that came out of it to attack them was a "manhunter training robot", which means it was quite deadly and potentially an epic fight even for a more seasoned Green Lantern (let alone someone like either of them, who didn't know what it was to begin with and didn't think to have their Rings scan it to identify it), had it not been deactivated by Hal. I will read up on those tropes, some of them sound promising, especially since Simon started immediately bragging that he'd "handle it himself" because Jessica seemed so nervous and was obvious an even newer "rookie" than him...only to have his posterior completely handed to him. Secret Test of Character indeed.

"a version of Put On Abus where the character is Put On a Bus precisely because they have their own separate spinoff story Hero of Another Story, due to this being a Spin-Off to the main Green Lantern."

Thanks! I had a feeling there was something that would hit on it, since it's very common it feels (e.g. any stealth pilots or whatever they're called, where characters are introduced and then it's like well you'll never see this character in this series again, but check out this other one with them! It's basically the same concept, just for comic books in this case). So basically Hero of Another Story for "Hal's in the prologue bit, orders them to play nice, and then runs off to space to do stuff", right?

Oh! Also, I think I know the answer to this at least halfway but: Naturally, the fact that Simon and Jessica's Power Battery was fused in that chapter comes to cause complications a few chapters later (when one of them's Ring is about to run out of charge but the other one is, uh, let's just say "not available" to charge with them - since the batteries being fused REQUIRES them to charge their Rings at the same time). This is Chekov's something for sure...is this just straightforward Chekov's Gun or something more specific, do you think?

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